Best Scenic Views of Monroe, WA
The Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest, in general, has some of the most beautiful country in the world. It can take some driving and hiking to get to the best spots, but it’s worth the trip to see the best of what nature has to offer.
Moran State Park
If you head 67 miles north to Anacortes, you can take a ferry to Orcas Island. After that, you can drive around to the east side of the island and Moran State Park, a 5,000-acre park with 38 miles of hiking trails, camping spots, and Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands. If you can manage to hike to the summit, you’ll find a stone observation post which offers a great view of the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound. On a clear day, you can even see Vancouver.
Head east out of Monroe on US-2 and you’ll eventually come to a point where the highway turns south. However, if you take a left at Coles Corner onto WA-207, you’ll start heading north instead and start heading through the Lake Wenatchee State Park. You could choose to stop here and enjoy the lakeside facilities, or you could enjoy the lake in motion by driving up North Shore Drive, Lake Wenatchee Highway, and the White River Road. Either way, you’ll be in for some amazing sights.
It can demand an all-day drive to fully appreciate the Olympic Peninsula’s extensive shoreline, thick forests, and towering mountains, but it’s at least easy enough to get to the north end from Monroe by taking the ferry at Edmonds. A proper exploration of the peninsula demands that you hug the coastline as much as possible as you complete a full circuit, but you can also explore the Olympic National Park if you head to Port Angeles on the northern coast and then follow Hurricane Ridge Road into the park’s mountainous interior.
If you think Seattle is a spectacle all on its own, you should consider heading to Bainbridge Island, which sits just across the bay. A ferry travels there directly from Seattle, but if you’d prefer to avoid the mid-city traffic you can go across at Edmonds and then head south along the coast. Bainbridge is heavily inhabited, especially along the coast, but there are some roads with a good view of the Sound.
Still, your best bet is to visit Pritchard Park, which sits just across from the ferry terminal and can give you a view of Seattle if the air is clear enough to see across seven miles.
With ocean waves, thick forests, snow-covered mountains, and even the open desert within driving distance of Monroe, Washington, there’s no lack of scenic destinations and incredible vistas in the area. Choosing which beautiful views are best is more a matter of opinion than a matter of fact, and it’s thanks to the impressive number of options which are only a few hours away when you travel by car.
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